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Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:58:37 AM »
Helped my best bud harvest his first bear yesterday for the Aug 15th Opener. (He's a member here and gave me permission to post for him). Not the biggest bear in my secret spots  8) but a good eating / first bear! Longest spot to shot  on Bears I've been a part of. From Spot to Trigger pull had to of been 30 min. (Felt like 3 hours!) When they're on the smaller side they get lost in the brush!  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:  He had a 70 yard chest shot, hit a few inches high.... Center punched between the eyes! Quick Expire that way..

Lot's of berries! 1 down few more to go!
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 10:02:06 AM »
Nice work! Good looking bear too, congratulations!
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 10:05:45 AM »
Love those short trailling jobs!!  First bear is always a trophy that you never forget.

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 10:20:26 AM »
Congratulations! From that photo the hide sure looks to be in great shape.
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 10:57:41 AM »
Congratulations to both of you.

Question, for future reference sake.  With a shot like that (square between the eyes), did the bear drop dead there, or run for a while??  How soon from shot to expiration?? 

Thanks
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017, 11:06:29 AM »
Congrats to him :IBCOOL:
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 11:29:58 AM »
Thanks for the story and photo, my dad always preferred to get younger bear because they are usually better eating, trophy status depends on what your goals of the hunt might be! I'm willing to bet that will be his best bear hunt ever! :tup:
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 11:39:04 AM »
Thanks for the story and photo, my dad always preferred to get younger bear because they are usually better eating, trophy status depends on what your goals of the hunt might be! I'm willing to bet that will be his best bear hunt ever! :tup:

I've harvested a few bears, and have been a part of / helped others get bears, and I always say "a bear is a bear big ones are great, but the smaller one is still a trophy".
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 11:48:18 AM »
Congratulations to both of you.

Question, for future reference sake.  With a shot like that (square between the eyes), did the bear drop dead there, or run for a while??  How soon from shot to expiration?? 

Thanks

This bear was shot with a 300 WSM 180 Gr Noslers, the bear dropped instantly and did not move one bit. 2 Second expire. However, I do not recommend shooting bears in the head, when I'm helping people or hunting bears myself. It's a small area to hit, ruins the skull (witch is part of the trophy and we owe it to the Animal to keep the skull for display) and It can get ugly if you don't center punch the skull. I've heard of head shot bears running off and never to be found....The ideal Bear shot in my experience is a frontal chest shot. They go down hard and expire quick. 
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 11:50:02 AM »
Congratulations! From that photo the hide sure looks to be in great shape.

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2017, 05:31:36 PM »
Congratulations nice bear!


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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2017, 05:46:08 PM »
Way to get it done. That's gonna taste pretty good.  :cue:

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2017, 05:49:25 PM »
Tasty!   🍽

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2017, 06:21:00 PM »
Very nice congrats
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2017, 06:50:35 PM »
Nice !! So I take it he won't be getting the skull done  :chuckle:

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2017, 07:04:16 PM »
Congrats nice bear.


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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2017, 12:22:25 PM »
Nice !! So I take it he won't be getting the skull done  :chuckle:

Depending on how blowed up that might be a really cool skull

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2017, 12:25:04 PM »
Awesome, congrats to your buddy and to you for helping him!!
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2017, 12:25:36 PM »
Well done. Nice bear.  :tup:
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2017, 12:37:02 PM »
I passed on a small one last year and regret it.That's a good bear,love the shot placement,Goodluck on more success :tup:
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2017, 10:08:55 PM »
Nice work!

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2017, 10:30:11 PM »
Helped my best bud harvest his first bear yesterday for the Aug 15th Opener. (He's a member here and gave me permission to post for him). Not the biggest bear in my secret spots  8) but a good eating / first bear! Longest spot to shot  on Bears I've been a part of. From Spot to Trigger pull had to of been 30 min. (Felt like 3 hours!) When they're on the smaller side they get lost in the brush!  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:  He had a 70 yard chest shot, hit a few inches high.... Center punched between the eyes! Quick Expire that way..

Lot's of berries! 1 down few more to go!

Do you have any pics of the paws? I'm trying to judge the size of the tracks I saw today! Good job  :tup:

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2017, 01:56:48 AM »
Nice bear, Thank you for posting.

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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2017, 08:37:01 AM »
 :drool:  Congrats to both of you.
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Re: Opening Day Bear (Greenwater)
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2017, 11:58:13 AM »
Helped my best bud harvest his first bear yesterday for the Aug 15th Opener. (He's a member here and gave me permission to post for him). Not the biggest bear in my secret spots  8) but a good eating / first bear! Longest spot to shot  on Bears I've been a part of. From Spot to Trigger pull had to of been 30 min. (Felt like 3 hours!) When they're on the smaller side they get lost in the brush!  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:  He had a 70 yard chest shot, hit a few inches high.... Center punched between the eyes! Quick Expire that way..

Lot's of berries! 1 down few more to go!

Do you have any pics of the paws? I'm trying to judge the size of the tracks I saw today! Good job  :tup:
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